Those of you who know me are probably aware that I am going to the U.S. this week. Funny story: in 2010, a case of mistaken identity ended up with my husband Matt being invited to Thanksgiving by a family we didn't know. A quirky reply email actually got a response - a real invite! Apparently the family who invited us appreciated Matt's sense of humour and thought he was worth inviting to the annual family gathering.
We couldn't actually go in 2010 and regretfully declined. For various reasons, we were also unable to attend Thanksgiving in 2011 and 2012. So we decided that 2013 was the year we made it to the U.S. for Thanksgiving. There are only 4 days now before we leave, and we are both in the midst of preparations.
Thanksgiving with an Australian class
As it is only Week 6 of Term 4 in Canberra, I will be taking Long Service Leave to attend Thanksgiving. I thought it might be nice for my class (who will be having a relief teacher for the time I am away) to learn more about the traditions of Thanksgiving. As it is something we don't celebrate in Australia, I was looking for activities they could do to learn more about it. My first place to look was Pinterest, but it didn't really hit the spot for me. So I looked next at TpT.
Here's what I found:
This cute activity involves the teacher reading a poem, and the students making a bracelet using different coloured pony beads to represent the different parts of the story. After reading this, I had a better understanding of the Thanksgiving story. Plus it's a kinetic way of remembering the story of the first Thanksgiving. It's a lovely activity and I recommend you download it (plus give feedback).
The next thing I found was a mini unit:
This has some cute cut and paste activities, plus initial sounds activities. My Year 2s will get a kick out of the cut and paste labelling activities. It has really cute graphics.
Finally, here's a PowerPoint presentation that I found that goes through some of the traditions of Thanksgiving.
All of these amazing (and FREE) activities will be given to my relief teacher and my teaching partner to implement on Thursday 28th November, while I am enjoying a fabulous Thanksgiving meal prepared by our generous American 'family'. We are both looking forward to our trip and can't wait to meet our new friends.
I am feeling so lucky and thankful that I have amazing colleagues who put up with my crazy antics, and wonderful people over in the U.S who are as excited as we are to have our first Thanksgiving together.